Originally Posted by JustDressageIt
- Hackamores (Parelli does NOT fall into this category, his "hackamore" is just a rope halter, it is NOT a hackamore.)
JDI, just because you don't agree with it being called a Hackamore, doesn't mean it isn't. Whether you want to believe it or not, it is a hackamore and enough said. Just because you don't like Parelli, doesn't give you the right to bash it.
I think the impression of a horse riding bitless depends on the person...to alot of people it's "wow you can ride your horse without a bit? I wish I could do that with my horse" or as JDI pointed out, "what's wrong with the horse that it can't be ridden in a bit".
I like riding in my hackamore because it teachs my horse to listen to more subtle cues and my seat more.
With any bitless bridle or hackamore, some can be fairly costly...I'd suggest, if possible, borrow one from a friend before investing money in it to see if you're happy with it. Not sure if all or any are refundable if you aren't happy with it or if it doesn't work with your horse
EDIT: Wanted to add also, like luvs2ride, I also use a bitless while friend's are riding my horse. I don't know how they are with horses and don't want Sonny to get hurt because they don't know how to handle a bit